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Drug-Free Treatment of Chronic Pain Seen as Way to Cut Prescription Dependency

Posted By Angie Woodward, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

As more and more patients become seriously ill or die as a result of prescription drugs, drug-free techniques, such as acupuncture, physical therapy, and yoga to treat chronic pain, are seen as an important part of a solution to this serious problem.

In her October 7 article, "Finding Drug-Free Techniques to Treat Chronic Pain,” Boston Globe staff writer Deborah Kotz quotes Boston Medical Center internist Dr. Daniel Alford who stated he "would like to see a stronger emphasis placed on non-medical ways to relieve pain, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, and yoga therapies.”

Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, Beth Israel Deaconess primary care physician and assistant medical director at the hospital’s Cheng & Tsui Center for Integrative Care also adds, "I see patients who have everything from back pain to migraines and can send them next door to our acupuncturist or teach them meditation techniques myself.”

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